welcome (someone or something) with open arms

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welcome (someone or something) with open arms

1. To greet someone very happily and eagerly; to give someone a very warm, enthusiastic welcome. When my brother left for the military, he and I didn't really get along too well. Now that he's coming home soon, I can't wait to welcome him with open arms. It was a little intimidating starting a new job at such a large firm, but everyone there welcomed me with open arms.
2. To be very pleased and enthusiastic about something, especially that which is new or unexpected. The president has announced a reversal on his controversial policy, and many people are welcoming the news with open arms.
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welcome someone with open arms

COMMON If you welcome someone with open arms, you show that you are very pleased to see them or meet them. People in Sidon welcomed them with open arms and rice and flowers. Note: You can also say that you greet someone with open arms or receive someone with open arms. We got out of the trucks to greet them with open arms.
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welcome something with open arms

If you welcome an event or new development with open arms, you are very pleased about it. Watchdog organizations welcomed today's guidelines with open arms. The store ranks as Palo Alto's fourth largest sales tax generator. Certainly many communities would welcome it with open arms. Note: You can also say that you accept something with open arms or embrace something with open arms. The Council did the right thing in getting him to carry out the study. They have accepted it with open arms and will, they say, progress with it.
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He is grown up and I will let the decision to him but he knows I will welcome him with open arms in Barcelona," exclaimed 23-year-old Umtiti while speaking to the French program Telefoot on Sunday.
JA states roll on the republic but I would remind him there are many countries that already have presidents that could welcome him with open arms because, with the support the younger royals have, I doubt very much this country will ever become a republic.
If he is part of our team I will welcome him with open arms.
And if he fancies another night out in Cardiff, we're sure the city and its revellers would welcome him with open arms.
If he turned up on the arm of one of my five daughters I'd not only welcome him with open arms I'd offer him any flavour of gum he cared to chew
If he comes with an amendment to this law, I will welcome him with open arms, otherwise we'll meet in the Court of Justice," said the Information Society and Media Commissioner, Viviane Reding, to the press.
Yorke said: "When Chris joined the team he was the odd guy out but we welcome him with open arms and he is a key player in the team.
At the time he joined he was the odd guy out but we all welcome him with open arms and he's been very much a key player to our team," said Yorke.
If a priest is willing to leave his home country to serve Catholics halfway around the globe, the least we can do is welcome him with open arms and try to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Dickov said: "If the manager can bring in somebody, I'm not just saying Craig Bellamy, but somebody of his quality, the lads will welcome him with open arms.
If Al wants to move to Los Angeles and my neighborhood, I'll welcome him with open arms.
But he has told friends that he is ready to return - and Pompey would welcome him with open arms.
Lurie has this to say about Dutton Children's Books' newest character: "Walter is a true original, and we welcome him with open arms (well, maybe at arm's length.
But Blues skipper Jagielka said: "I'm sure our fans will welcome him with open arms.
Why cannot this world of ours All live together in peace We cannot hope for harmony Whilst this bickering is on the increase Now if a fireman came to rescue us Would we ask his religion first Or if he were a different colour Would we really fear the worst No of course not We would welcome him with open arms And he would be our friend for life So please let us not be bigots And turn our backs on strife It's much easier to be friendly And look people in the eye No more shall we be devious And no more shall we live a lie Then when we go to that great divine High up in the sky We can tell whoever it is that welcomes us That whilst on earth we honestly did try